Congressman Guthrie endorses Ryan Quarles in primary for ag commissioner

04/01/2015 03:53 PM

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, is adding his name to the list of prominent Republicans backing Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, in his bid for state agriculture commissioner.

With Quarles facing fellow Republican Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield, in the May 19 primary, Kentucky’s GOP congressmen are slowly moving behind Quarles’ campaign.

Just one week ago Quarles’ campaign announced the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington.

Now Guthrie is giving Quarles his nod, saying the family farming roots give Quarles the edge in the election.

“Ryan Quarles has real world farming experience and a policy background that prepares him to effectively lead the Kentucky Department of Agriculture,” Guthrie said in a statement. “Ryan is uniquely positioned to help cultivate the next generation of Kentucky farmers.”

In a statement, Quarles said he was honored to have Guthrie’s support in his campaign.

“Congressman Guthrie is a rising star, in Congress, and I am honored to have his support,” Quarles said. “The Second Congressional District is a diverse and growing agricultural district and is vital to the future of Kentucky’s success. As Commissioner, I look forward to working with Brett to ensure the continued success of farmers throughout the counties he represents.”

The winner of the May 19 primary will face Democratic candidate Jean Marie Lawson Spann in the general election.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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